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£ SORT)" 3 CASE ' LONDON, December 19. , ritty Byron for the mur--s*e trial of Kitty y etock . jobber , *a ******** I capital niustra3>W " n«rd a Frenchwoman. I Madame Ward, Srttt *»X t'eTvidence, a drunk- •*■•"•**? S.I locked Kitty about M bW«^ ard ' , .her in one of his ***» of {run* 0 m "' T6 he beat her the closer *■*. t» ««• »as she dec iared to <° uld "1, after one of the usual **' Clancy gave them notice **** r like a blackguard, asked that ***TZ on. promising to discard »""i Tγ, he said, was "no class, t. her sister's.. These repeated to Kil- < morning of the U>rd Mayors Vif-tty left the house, saying she Jug to fOr Mr Baker> h at a cutler's in Oxford-street and 7, strong clasp knife, asking par- •" whether the blade was sharp. £ tent a letter by special meS - S to Baker, who came to the Post *T I see her. Then there was a 2: Xut the payment of two--1 «tra charge on the message, the d Sng to Pay. the girl pressing ShbLnd. Still disputing, ' te do™ Lombard-street, when •l-SToS? »»«*»« the knife StSl. Which she had held it Sealed, gabbed toar lover several t« with great force, one thrust peneZL the bean. As he fell dying at Z feet, ehe threw herself down by his "My *«y. tot me Lbim." At the police station she at tot said, "1 did it willingly, and he delved It" Later she declared, "1 Lht the knife to hit him, but did not Jnow I was killing him." The coroner's toy letting their sympathies overpower U judgment, found a verdict of mandaughter. Had she been tried in France B he would have been triumphantly acquitted and left the dock amid cheers from the spectators. But at the Old Bailey, strong as was the sympathy expressed for her by Judge and prosecuting counsel, and powerful the appeal of her advocate, Mr Dickens, who sought (0 show that she had bought the knife In order to threaten fo take her own M|e, sentiment had to give way to justice, and the Jury found the only verdict possible, that of murder, strongly recommending ler to merjy. Sentence of death was passed in the usual form, but there is no doubt that her sentence will be commuted tc A term of imprisonment.

It la as well that in a ca so of this M there should be no miscarriage of justice, There is a growing tendency in this neurotic age for hysterical lovers, who think themselves jilted, betrayed, erven whose affection is not reciprocated, to seek to slay with pistol or knife the objects of their love, and for a large leetlon of the public to sympathise with them, if they can show even the Jhadoff of a grievance. This tendency seeds to be severely checked, and the vsrdicf In the "Kitty" Byron case, where there was no doubt as to the brutal treatment which she had suffered at the land! of her victim, should operate as a toet discouragement of the doctrine tHpich law for faithless lovers.

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THE TRIAL OF KITTY BYRON., Auckland Star, Volume XXXIV, Issue 27, 31 January 1903, Supplement

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THE TRIAL OF KITTY BYRON. Auckland Star, Volume XXXIV, Issue 27, 31 January 1903, Supplement

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